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  1. oh well, it was worth asking. i don't want it for...

    oh well, it was worth asking. i don't want it for cleaning my guns, but i used to use that stuff for everything else. it was the best solvent around. it would clean a carburetor like nothing else on...
  2. i would definitely consider sending the shell out...

    i would definitely consider sending the shell out for soda blast or similar. you'll get the best chance of getting the rust out and never coming back. it's a small shell, so shouldn't be too...
  3. hard to say if there's a "vintage" market for...

    hard to say if there's a "vintage" market for those items. most people have moved on to whatever the modern equivalent would be. certainly worth a try though. you don't have any cans of dupont 3924s...
  4. if you haven't used a modern gun before it can be...

    if you haven't used a modern gun before it can be a real eye opener. the fans are just huge compared to what we used to use. glad you had a good experience!
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    i used to pull the air out of the booth, but have...

    i used to pull the air out of the booth, but have switched to pushing air in instead. i use a squirrel cage liberated from an old furnace to do the work. dual fan, two speed, free. (or cheap if...
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    the whole reason for short strand glass is to...

    the whole reason for short strand glass is to seal the surface. that filler is waterproof and is a good first pass over the weld area. i like lens method of using seam sealer on the back side, no...
  7. Thread: Paint Prep

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    180 might be a little coarse, it'll take more...

    180 might be a little coarse, it'll take more blocking to get the scratch marks out unless you're at metal. if there's still old finish on it i'd go to 220 or 240 grit. if you're at bare metal the...
  8. wow, i don't think i've ever worn out a needle...

    wow, i don't think i've ever worn out a needle spring. you must paint 24/7...
  9. Thread: 69 Chevelle

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    not a project for the faint of heart i see!...

    not a project for the faint of heart i see! please keep posting as you make progress.
  10. i like to use slow reducer too, but it's...

    i like to use slow reducer too, but it's certainly a judgement call. i like it because it buys me more time when i shoot over the nooks and crannies from the first pass for everything to melt...
  11. for me, the hardest part of doing interior stuff...

    for me, the hardest part of doing interior stuff is getting even coverage in all the nooks and crannies. as soon as you start painting the air gets thick with overspray quickly and it gets tough to...
  12. we've all seen how paint flakes off plastic when...

    we've all seen how paint flakes off plastic when you blow air across it, i wonder how this does? otherwise, like phil says, it sure beats some of the conditions we've sprayed in before.
  13. absolutely correct. it takes weeks or months...

    absolutely correct. it takes weeks or months before it will reach full hardness. don't bother wet sanding till it passes the thumbnail test. leave it out in the sun as much as possible, and be...
  14. Thread: Paint Prep

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    if i were going to go without primer i'd at least...

    if i were going to go without primer i'd at least do a seal coat to get all the substrate to the same shade. especially if i were using lower grade paints. i'm not fond of painting over a...
  15. absolutely, buy more tips. with those dispensers,...

    absolutely, buy more tips. with those dispensers, i'll keep the original cap too. i wipe them clean and re-seal the tube with them. i think some people just leave the mix tube in place and use that...
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    that's the one i'd use. those cheap guns are...

    that's the one i'd use. those cheap guns are really hit or miss. some spray just fine, some leak at every fitting. you've already tested that one so you know it works.
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    looks good! are you happy with the performance?

    looks good! are you happy with the performance?
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    i wouldn't choose a full size gun for that, but...

    i wouldn't choose a full size gun for that, but it certainly can be done. i predict runs to be you biggest worry due to all the weird shapes and transitions. i try to go in and shoot all the hard...
  19. my thoughts exactly. i like the slow reducer in...

    my thoughts exactly. i like the slow reducer in the warmer temps. i use 75f as my benchmark.
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    i've used the bloxygen before as it's really...

    i've used the bloxygen before as it's really convenient with the little straw. but it's nothing more than canned argon. i just point my tig torch into the can for a few seconds. the gas lens does a...
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    there's precious little metal left there in some...

    there's precious little metal left there in some spots. new metal has to be added so there's some strength. if welding is out of the question, maybe you could spot blast to get it good and clean, cut...
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    lens right, you're close. but i see those couple...

    lens right, you're close. but i see those couple of high spots as a pain in the rear. plus, you've got a few different materials you're sanding that have different rates of removal when sanding. 40...
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    i use .035 solid on most everything but sheet...

    i use .035 solid on most everything but sheet metal. heck, i even use it on sheet metal now and then. you just need to play with the volts and wire speed a little to tune it in. i don't have a welder...
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    tri coat colors in my opinion, require spray out...

    tri coat colors in my opinion, require spray out cards to fine tune the color before taking it to the vehicle. you have so many options for adjusting the color. light or dark primer, # of base coats,...
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    first post i see, welcome to the group. i like...

    first post i see, welcome to the group.
    i like the idea of epoxy before paint on the underside, just for the corrosion resistance.
    in fact, i'd probably epoxy the top side too. i'd do the epoxy...
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    the silvertip can build up just like you do with...

    the silvertip can build up just like you do with polyester resin. if you catch it at just the right time, you can lay it up with no abrading or cleaning. if you let it sit till fully cured it will...
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    look here for help deciding what cloth will work...

    look here for help deciding what cloth will work best.
    https://fiberglasswarehouse.com/blogs/news/choosing-between-fiberglass-cloth-and-chopped-strand-mat-fiberglass-mat

    also here, i buy from...
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    the only thing i'd like to contribute to the...

    the only thing i'd like to contribute to the conversation is that if you're going to glass it, use epoxy for laminating and glass cloth for strength. be careful choosing the epoxy so you don't have...
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    doing well Ron, but like you, i'm really busy....

    doing well Ron, but like you, i'm really busy. different stuff, but busy all the same.
    thanks for the explanation regarding the third member treatment, i totally get the welding upgrade for the...
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    i dig watching the progress too. it's always good...

    i dig watching the progress too. it's always good to see how other people think about problem solving. i'm not super familiar with this pumpkin and how it's assembled, but did you say, ron, that...
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    yep, nothing like cutting the ceiling apart so...

    yep, nothing like cutting the ceiling apart so you can rig some straps. it's not a bad solution really, i'd probably do the same thing. with the low ceiling there's no room for overhead structure,...
  32. typically 400 for solid colors, 600 for metallic....

    typically 400 for solid colors, 600 for metallic. door jambs have a lot of contours though so you might need to scuff with a scotch brite pad to cover the hard to sand areas. i usually use a red pad,...
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    well done, it looks like a solid repair.

    well done, it looks like a solid repair.
  34. Thread: Rookie errors

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    you should probably cut off the tops of the runs...

    you should probably cut off the tops of the runs and let it cure some more. sometimes it can take a while for the inside of the run to cure since it's so thick. sand them about halfway off or maybe a...
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    big spots or just little cracks and crevices?...

    big spots or just little cracks and crevices? spot blast maybe? i'm just hesitant to paint without some sort of abrasion. if you have time, do a comparison test. two coupons, one sanded the other...
  36. Thread: Mixing cups

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    you should be careful doing that practice. once...

    you should be careful doing that practice. once epoxy starts it's reaction it will speed up any new material introduced into the container. sometimes it's not an issue, but if it's warm out, or the...
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    of course there will be orange peel. you're using...

    of course there will be orange peel. you're using a roller to apply it. did they (eastwood) imply it was going to be perfectly smooth?
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    any time you add a coating to the metal, (like...

    any time you add a coating to the metal, (like zinc or any other weld primer) it will effect the weld characteristics. either it mixes with the shielding gas as it vaporizes, or it insulates the...
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    we always called c25 "steel mix" maybe a regional...

    we always called c25 "steel mix" maybe a regional thing. straight argon for tig, or argon helium mix if you need more heat on you aluminum welding. never too old to learn right? that's why i try to...
  40. define "structural". panel bonding is widely...

    define "structural". panel bonding is widely practiced, and when properly done is a very good method for either construction or repair.
    every method of joining metal has it's pluses and minuses,...
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    shouldn't say practice "run" to a painter... i...

    shouldn't say practice "run" to a painter...
    i think the takeaway should be that when you have a problem, stop. fix the problem before moving on. i hate having to compensate for a gun problem, it...
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    i use c25 as well. never had any issues. i'm...

    i use c25 as well. never had any issues. i'm using .030 wire in mine and my volt settings are quite a bit lower than the ones listed. there were a lot of pictures, a few too many for me to really...
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    i haven't used that product before. i might have...

    i haven't used that product before. i might have to give it a try. you're right though, these coatings won't last like a good paint job would. however, they are a good alternative for someone who...
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    if you do much of that sort of thing you could...

    if you do much of that sort of thing you could invest in a small one or two roll masking dispenser. they automatically put tape on the paper for you as you spool the paper out. you can just tape the...
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    a lot of guys in detail shops use this stuff:...

    a lot of guys in detail shops use this stuff: https://stonercarcare.com/products/trim-shine
    it's cheap enough to give it a try and see if you like it before you go through the trouble to refinish....
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    i don't have a stud welder, so i use my tig torch...

    i don't have a stud welder, so i use my tig torch instead. same principle though, heat and cool a small area. it's amazing how effective it is. i do small groupings of spots, trying to be careful not...
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    Good point Phil, but in post number one he...

    Good point Phil, but in post number one he indicates itís for the hull sides of the boat. Thereís always fenders between the boat and the dock, but the fenders can make marks on lesser quality...
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    didn't notice this thread till this morning. is...

    didn't notice this thread till this morning. is it important to match the original paint color exactly?
    i'm not fully up to speed on what the rules are in canada as far as paint availability, but...
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    totally agree. too bad there's nobody near him...

    totally agree. too bad there's nobody near him that had one to try on it. i think it's worth a try to buy a new one, at least they're not horribly expensive.
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    are you running the guns air valve fully open?...

    are you running the guns air valve fully open? (by the air inlet)
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